Car Hire

Tempest Car Hire
The cars will not have a tow hooks but can be picked up and returned to any of the main airports in South Africa including Bloemfontein. You can arrange to return the car to a different airport to the one that you collected it at, but there is an additional charge for this service. Cars can be booked through the

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Auto Europe

Contact Auto Europe for a car hire quote.

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Airfield Vehicles
We have a 4×4 at the airfield that can be used for retrieves at R5.00 per km so a tow bar is not a necessity but it does help with getting gliders to the launch point because you can utilise the tow out gear. We also have other airfield cars for retrieves and towing gliders on the airfield.

Gliding in South Africa

The average cloud base is in the range 11,000 to 14,000ft AMSl, with the ground elevation being 4,500ft. The mean thermal strengths of 2.5 to 3m/sec. One third of the days are likely to be blue, particularly at the beginning of the season. On above average days, the cloud base may be as high as 18 or 19 thousand feet with rates of climb that exceed 5m/sec.

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The flying area is vast, and varied with few restricted areas. We have to fly west to clear the Bloemfontein TMA, there after we can fly south and south west into the dry areas of the northern Karoo or north west right up to South Africa's border with Botswana or we can fly east to the Maluti Mountains and the northern Drakensburg.

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Soaring Safaris is based at New Tempe airfield Bloemfontein for their summer camp from November to February. We have a shade net hangar to accommodate 9 gliders with a convenient water ballasting system, and a conventional hangar for 4 15m wing span gliders.

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Gliders are generally hired by the week Sunday to Saturday inclusive, but we can tailor packages to suit your travel arrangements dependant on other bookings. All Soaring Safaris gliders are equipped with parachute, basic instruments, electric vario, final glide computer, an IGC approved GPS Flight Recorder, Flarm, a map of the area and oxygen. Please note that because they are so fragile we do not provide PDA's.

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